What Is Gum Disease—And How Can You Prevent It?

When you brush and floss regularly, you’re not only taking better care of your teeth—you’re also working to prevent gum disease.

Gum disease, also called gingivitis and periodontitis, is an infection in the tissue and bone areas that support your teeth. It’s caused by a buildup of bacteria. Gum disease can have negative effects on your oral health. Without the right treatment, it can cause your mouth to look different, make you more susceptible to other infections in your body, and can even lead to tooth loss.

The most obvious sign of gum disease is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. However, there are other signs of gum disease, including:

  • bright red and swollen, sensitive gums
  • bad breath that won’t go away
  • mouth sores
  • gums that pull away from the teeth
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when biting

Certain kinds of chronic diseases can make you more prone to gum disease. For instance, if you have diabetes, you’re more likely to develop gum disease—and it may be harder to treat gum disease once you have it. Other factors that make gum disease more likely include smoking hormonal changes, genetics, and the use of certain medications.

If you think you have gum disease, the first step to take is to up your oral care routine. Brush your teeth at least twice daily with an electric toothbrush and floss at least once a day. A couple weeks of better oral care at home can improve your gum health. However, if you’re still having problems, set an appointment with Dr. Jose Goldberg, DDS to help.

Dr. Goldberg and his staff will consider several options to improve your gum health. They will take X-rays to check for infection and bone loss. They also will perform a thorough cleaning to help attack the bacteria that’s causing your gum disease.

Other options that will help your gum disease include:

  • the use of antibiotics placed under the gums
  • laser treatment
  • scaling, a technique that removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line
  • root plaining, which helps the gums reattach to the tooth
  • gum surgery for advanced cases

Dr. Goldberg will discuss the best home routine for better oral health, to help you treat or prevent further gum disease.

Once you’ve had your gum disease treated, continue a thorough home cleaning routine with brushing and flossing. Avoid smoking, and see your dentist at least twice a year (sometimes more frequently) to monitor for any problems.

To schedule an appointment with Bradenton dentist Dr. Goldberg, call 941.792.0435.

The Advantages of Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

One part of dental health is taking care of your gums. Unfortunately, smoking, poor oral health, chronic disease, certain medications, and even genetic factors can affect the health of your gums. Still, it’s important to keep your gums healthy, because gum inflammation, also called periodontal disease, can have a negative effect on health throughout your body—including your heart.

Patient Testimonials for Dr. Goldberg

Dr. José M. Goldberg and his staff work hard every day to ensure each patient receives the absolute best dental care in the Bradenton/Sarasota Area. Best of all, our patients always have kind words to say about our practice for over 30 years.

When you visit your dentist, one way he or she may treat gum disease is with lasers. Periodontal laser therapy uses a dental laser to get rid of inflamed gum tissue near the root of the tooth. Any rough spots that may attract bacteria and cause future infection are removed, according to Colgate.com. Then, the area between the gum and the root can regenerate.

Scientific studies show that treatment with a laser can have similar results compared to the traditional treatment called scaling and root planing, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

There are some advantages of laser treatment for gum disease. Lasers can easily target the areas that need treatment the most, and recovery and healing are quicker compared with more traditional dental surgery. There is still some controversy over use of the laser for gum disease as it is a newer treatment; however, more and more dentists are finding that it can provide benefits for patients.

Talk to Dr. Goldberg to learn more about laser treatment for gum disease to see if it’s right for you. To better protect your teeth and gums, avoid smoking, brush regularly, keep with regular dentist visits, and floss daily.

For the Best Dental Care in Bradenton, Call the Office of Dr. Jose Goldberg

Dr. Jose Goldberg brings more than 30 years of experience in family dentistry to his practice in Bradenton. He has advanced training in areas including International Cosmetic Dentistry Certification, laser dentistry technology, Invisalign certification, endodontics, and Cad-Cam technology. Dr. Goldberg is qualified by the New York and Florida dental boards and is a member of various dental associations. For dental care in Bradenton, Anna Maria, Cortez, or Palmetto, call Dr. Goldberg’s office at 941.792.0435. Se habla español. Or, visit Dr. Goldberg’s website at www.josemgoldbergdds.com.

 

When Should Children Start Brushing Their Teeth

When Should Young Children Start Brushing Their Teeth?

Starting a positive habit of daily brushing starts with parents who can make it part of a child’s daily routine

We’ve always heard that brushing after breakfast and before bedtime is essential for healthy teeth and a sparkling smile. However, we are often asked by moms about how early is too early to brush their children’s teeth. Here’s a primer to help you get started, but we always encourage you to contact Dr. Goldberg’s dentistry practice with specific questions about your children’s dental health.

Dr. Goldberg follows the advice of the American Dental Association, which advises using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when they reach three years of age. However, you can start cleaning a child’s teeth with a wet cloth as soon as the teeth begin to come out—sometime between 6 and 12 months. This will help your children become acquainted with dental cleaning habits from an early age.

Teaching the children to spit is essential to getting them acquainted with brushing their teeth, allowing them to avoid ingesting the toothpaste. After 6 years of age, you should encourage your child to begin brushing his or her own teeth. Failing to do so can create a dependency on the parents and thus, extend the amount of time it takes for the children to gain confidence in being self-sufficient in managing daily tasks.

Finally, your children should not only expect to brush their teeth in the morning and evening, but also after a meal to ensure that they remove any residue from their food. This can also help prevent cavities early on and result in an overall good dental health as they reach adolescence. So be sure to encourage children to brush their teeth and show them how fun it can be when you all do it together as a family.

Have any other questions about dental health? Contact Dr. Goldberg’s office today to learn more about how to help you child have a healthy smile.